Thursday, June 04, 2009

Pirate Watch: Astatalk

One of the questions when it comes to illegal file sharing sites is 'is it worth complaining?' I don't bother berating sites that have no interest in complying with the law. With that in mind I am going to record when I send DMCA complaints and what responses, if any, I receive. The following is a request send to Astatalk.com, following their guidelines. (I find it ironic that Astatalk has copies of almost all of my published work with the conspicuous exception of one novella that I make available for sharing).

Edited to add: so far they are rather condescending in correspondence. And I quote (in part):

"Emily, If you are an author then I suppose you are a good reader ;) so please be so kind to read instructions how to post a proper complaint and attach all the necessary information."

"please find it on the page from where you send this message. be just a little bit attentive"

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Provide evidence of the authorized person to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.

I am the author writing as Emily Veinglory and can be contacted via this email address (veinglory@gmail.com) which is identified as Emily Veinglory's email address by my publishers' on their websites.

Provide sufficient contact information so that we may contact you. You must also include a valid email address.

You may contact me at veinglory@gmail.com or [home phone number] a/h

You must identify in sufficient detail the copyrighted work claimed to have been infringed and including at least one EXACT page link under which the material appears on Astatalk.

Any and all works by "Emily Veinglory" other than "Journey's End". Specifically: [links to 22 files]

I have a good faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law.

I swear under the penalty of perjury that the information in the notification is accurate,and that I am the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.

Edited to add: June 16. Almost two weeks later I recieve a reponse "Look through our dmca cases and noticed this one unclosed by mods.Looks like they removed the links now". The probelm being that four of the pirate links are, in fact, still active as far as I can tell. I have sent a follow up and note that 18 of the links have, at this point, been removed--although the abstracts and cover art remain.

Edited to add: removal of 22 links was accomplished, but it took 13 days and 8 emails.

4 comments:

Alisha Rai said...

Emily, don't even bother. You'll have better luck complaining to the place that actually hosts the file, like mediafire. Follow the link.

Plus, for the Samhain titles, Jacob does a very good job. I think when I send it to him for Asta, they take it down within a day or two.

Emily Veinglory: said...

Thanks for the tip. File this one under M for masochism.

Cora Zane said...

I have had this same issue with Astatalk. They are a class action lawsuit waiting to happen.

Jaime Samms said...

That's interesting, Emily. They've pirated my work, and my free reads. Now no one even has to go to my website at all...

Jaime